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25 Aug 1943
  • Shokaku sortied from Truk. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • USS Tunny attacked a 6-ship Japanese convoy with five torpedoes at 0140 hours and another six torpedoes at dawn; the subsequent depth charge attack caused no damage. She surfaced at noon and found that the convoy had already departed the area. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • USS Finback fired two torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Dutch East Indies; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • The V Amphibious Corps (VAC) under the command of Major General Holland Smith was formed at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii out of the earlier Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet (PhibCorpsPacFlt) that had been in existence since Apr 1942. VAC was formed to be the amphibious landing force for Fifth Fleet to support Central Pacific operations and its first mission was to seize the Gilbert Islands, including the controversial assault on Tarawa. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Louis Mountbatten was officially named the Supreme Allied Commander, Southeast Asia. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
  • Shortly after midnight, destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Chevalier, USS O’Bannon, and USS Taylor acted as a covering force for minelayers mining Vella Gulf southwest of Kolombangara, Solomon Islands. [off Wilson Cove; same waters as PT-109 sinking 2 Aug 1943] ww2dbase [Nicholas | Solomon Islands Campaign | DS]
  • From his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, George Kenney cabled Henry Arnold, noting that 10% of his parafrag bombs had been depleted and requesting Arnold to intervene with the logistics sections located in the US. ww2dbase [Brisbane, Queensland | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Dutch East Indies Italy Panama Canal Zone US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 25 Aug 1943
Grave marker of an American airman killed in combat and interned by the Japanese Army, Kiska, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, Aug 1943Hitler Youth firefighters in action, Düsseldorf, Germany, 25 Aug 1943

25 Aug 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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